4th World University Waterski Championship starts
The specially constructed world-class Waterski site in Ogata Village in Akita, Japan, which was previously used for the World Games in 2001 and since then for both National and Collegiate Waterski Championships in Japan, will host the 4th edition of the FISU World University Waterski Championship from 8 to 11 September. The competition boats and technical support will be provided by Nautique, the official Waterski and Wakeboard boat supplier of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
University athletes will compete from the following fifteen countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Slovakia and USA. The Championships Timetable includes the Opening Ceremony and Official Practice on September 7th, Preliminary Rounds on September 8/9, Slalom and Tricks Finals on September 10th and Jump Finals on September 11th.
In all three Disciplines, Slalom, Tricks and Jump, the level of competition in both Men and Women events will be fierce! Future potential World Open Champions abound. In Slalom, Matteo Luzzeri (ITA), Benjamin Stadlbaur (AUT) and Dane Mechler (USA), all have achieved scores on the short 10.25m line, with Luzzeri looking the hot favourite. In Tricks, two athletes have Personal Best scores of over 11,000 points, Josh Briant (AUS) and Martin Kolman (CZE). Ranked 5th and 6th in the world, they are both likely to dominate this discipline. In Jump the battle will be very close with Martin Kolman (CZE), Alex King (NZL) and Samuel Greenwood (USA), all capable of breaking the challenging 60.0m barrier.
Competition in the Women’s events will be equally tough. Canada’s young rising star Taryn Grant is certainly one to watch. In Slalom she will take on the talented Ambre Franc (FRA). Both are capable of achieving scores on the short 10.75m line. Grant is also capable of exceeding 50.0m in Jump and that will put pressure on World Cup Star, Lauren Morgan (USA), who is the hot favourite here. In Tricks, Giannina Bonnemann (GER) who scored 9,230 in the Mexico World Championships last November is in a league of her own right now and could win in Akita.
This event is sanctioned by Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU), Japan University Sports Board (JUSB), International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), Japan Water Ski Association (JWSA) and Japan Collegiate Waterski Federation (JCWF).
LIVE SCORES : http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/competitions/2016
OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: http://wuc-waterski2016.com & www.fisu.net
Founded in 1949, FISU (International University Sports Federation) is an organisation dedicated to university sport and the promotion of excellence in mind and body. Balancing elite sport competition and academic studies, the student-athletes participating in FISU events are today's stars and tomorrow's leaders. FISU has three core sport properties: the Summer and Winter Universiade and the World University Championships. The Summer and Winter Universiade are international multi-sporting and cultural festivals held every two years, gathering student-athletes aged 17-28 from over 170 countries. FISU's other major sporting events are the World University Championships (WUC), single-sporting events which are held in the years between the Universiades. In 2016 there will be a total of 34 Championships in 25 countries. In addition to our existing broadcast agreements, FISU's long-term multimedia partnership with Eurosport will bring live HD broadcast for each Summer Universiade and Winter Universiade across Europe and Asia-Pacific and greater exposure for all FISU properties through the monthly TV magazine CAMPUS. FISU's partnerships with Eurosport covers all events through 2017. The 2017 editions of the Universiade are in Almaty, KAZ (winter) and Taipei City, TPE (summer), 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, RUS (winter) and Naples, ITA (summer) and 2021 in Lucerne, SUI (winter).